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TCS to build forex trading platform for Bank of China; sets up JV in Beijingnews
Our Corporate Bureau
13 February 2007

Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which has secured the contract for setting up the China foreign exchange trade system under the Chinese central bank, has announced the launch of a joint venture in China.

The joint venture, called Tata Consultancy Services (China) Co Ltd, located at Beijing's Zhongguancun Software Park, will provide IT services and solutions to China's domestic market as well as major markets, particularly Japan and the rest of Asia-Pacific region, the US and Europe.

The joint venture will leverage experience and resources of the Chinese partners, which run the national software development parks. "It is an extremely satisfying moment, the beginning of our presence in China," S Ramadorai, managing director and CEO of TCS, said.

"The JV will add momentum to the software industry," Ramadorai said adding, "I believe that we have a lot to contribute and to build capabilities".

"TCS has successfully completed five years in China and the new JV is the next step in our long journey in China," said Ramadorai. "The JV will help to create a large scale global offshoring base in China and domestic business of increasing scale. We look forward to working closely with our Chinese partners, supported by the National Development and Reforms Commission to meet the expectations of our shareholders and customers," he added.

Speaking at the inauguration, Madam Song Ling, chairperson of TCS China, said: "The joint venture leverages the strengths of the different partners in technology, software development, and consulting, including the best-of-class processes and practices of TCS. It will also leverage experience and resources of the Chinese partners, which run the National Software Export Base. TCS China is set to become a role model for the Chinese IT industry."

TCS Asia Pacific owns the majority of the joint venture with a 65 per cent stake. The three Chinese partners, supported by NDRC hold 25 per cent with Microsoft expected to take up the remaining 10 per cent. TCS China will focus on financial services, manufacturing, telecom as well as the government sector, providing IT outsourcing services and solutions to the Chinese domestic market as well as the global MNC customers.

TCS pioneered the entry of Indian IT industry in China in 2002 and remains at the forefront of that thrust with 800 consultants in China.

TCS' latest deal with CFETS is another significant step in providing significant global solutions for major financial institutions in China. The proposed solution will be based on TradeX - TCS' futuristic trading solution. The deal paves the way for TCS to implement a forward-looking CNY (China Renminbi) trading system for CFETS.

"TCS will work with CFETS based on its accumulated knowledge and expertise that relate to dealing in over 50 financial markets in the world, buy and sell side firms, stock exchanges, depositories as well as industry initiatives. We are now going to leverage our entrenched knowledge in the business and financial services to help CFETS build a world-class trading system," said Girija Pande, executive vice president and head, TCS Asia Pacific.

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